Facilities Master Plan


The Allen County Public Library is currently participating in the development of a Facilities Master Plan (FMP). Some of the key questions we will answer in this process are:

  • What services is ACPL not currently offering that you think we should and how might our facilities need to change to offer those services?
  • Can our current facilities meet our community's needs? Should we have additional branches? Should some of our existing branches be larger?
  • What steps should ACPL take with its facilities to meet community needs?

ACPL has entered into an agreement with Bostwick Design Partnership to guide the Library and community through the FMP process. Bostwick's team members are experts in the areas of library plan development; facility assessments; property assessment; and virtual and in-person engagement.

Throughout the FMP process, the community and library employees will be engaged in conversations that reflect the ACPL's commitment to collaboration, leadership and learning. We will also undertake a thorough review of the condition of ACPL's spaces.

Next Steps:

  • Public survey
  • Community Conversations – multiple opportunities at locations throughout Allen County for the public to share their thoughts on the ACPL's services and spaces and how library spaces can best support those services. The conversations will take place in July.
  • Focus groups with targeted stakeholders.
  • Youth engagement – opportunities for teens and younger children to share their ideas about library spaces and services.
  • Staff survey and discussions.
  • The final report will be presented to ACPL's Board of Trustees at its September 23, 2021 meeting.

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